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FRE/LINC47: Special Topics in Linguistics: Pidgin and Creole Languages

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Format of Research Paper (30% of final grade) :

  • 10 - 12 pages, double-spaced, New Times Roman, 12 point font, in linguistics format (see texbook for example formatting).

  • Possible topics include: historical study, creole genesis, sociolinguistics, lexicology, phonology, syntax, morphology, language acquisition, the politics of education.

  • Possible perspectives: diachronic (historical), synchronic (descriptive), focus on one language, creoles in general, or groups of creoles, comparative study.

  • A minimum of 6 resources, from reputable sources that provide the author’s name, affiliation, publisher.

Evaluation of project :

  • 75% content – research, observations, analysis, conclusions (hypothesis)

  • 25% structure and presentation, language, grammar


  • Students in FREC47H must write the paper in French in order to count the course towards a French program.


See Format of Research Paper handout for additional information.